In case you missed it: We signed our lease! Here’s a peek into our property at:
7301 Calhoun Place, Suite 600, Derwood, MD 20855
Finding a property to call our own was one of our largest and toughest tasks. Our list of requirements for the space was not short:
- Located in Montgomery County, MD
- 7,000 – 10,000 sqft
- 16’+ clear ceiling heights
- Properly zoned for manufacturing and retail uses
- Sufficient parking
- Landlord is ok with a brewery
Still, this didn’t originally seem like it would be too tough of a task. Unfortunately, the word “brewery” almost seemed to be a curse word among landlords. We quickly learned that the complete lack of breweries in the county meant that the familiarity with the concept of what a brewery even is was low and therefore the level of discomfort with breweries among landlords was extremely high. (We also found ourselves running into the same landlords over and over again across properties. That made things really complicated.)
Parking was repeatedly an issue as well. Often, if the issue wasn’t the brewery use itself, landlords felt that demand would be too great so we would likely overwhelm their available parking. It was almost as if our business was deemed either too weird or too destined for success–never in between. It started to feel like we couldn’t win.
Early on, we were even negotiating with one landlord that required a kitchen. For a while, we considered partnering with a chef. In the end, we just couldn’t get comfortable with opening a restaurant and the landlord of this space in particular would accept no other option. (In fact, Q by Peter Chang just had its soft opening in the space this past week. We’re very happy the landlord got the restaurant they wanted!)
Despite some highs and lows along the way, true success eventually struck for us at long last. Our real estate agent got wind of a space that met our requirements but which wasn’t in a traditional warehouse district. In fact, it had apparently almost become a Ninja Warrior gym before the deal fell through. We jumped at this opportunity and toured the building at Calhoun Place as quickly as we could. Negotiations started shortly thereafter.
We’ve fallen in love with the beautiful surround of windows and the interesting shape of the space. Bailey, in particular, absolutely adores the plethora of natural light and has advocated strongly for this space straight from the first day we saw it.
Now, it’s time for us to transform this neat looking space into a fully functional brewery and tap room. Our sleeves are rolled up and we’re ready to dive in head first!
The True Respite Team